Police used tear gas in northern Paris during an unsanctioned rally against the introduction of sanitary passes.
There are images of tear gas grenades exploding and protesters running away. Police riot squads approach the site of the incident on the boulevard near the Sacre-Coeur Basilica.
“Bonjour, dictatorship!” – shouted one of the protesters. The rest of the marchers began to sing the Marseillaise, stopping in front of the chain of police officers.
After a while the protesters began to smash the barricades set up in the street and provoke the law enforcement officers. The police responded by using tear gas again.
According to media reports, rallies against the sanitary passes were also held on Wednesday in other French cities, notably in Marseille and Caen; on Tuesday, there were rallies in Corsica.
New restrictions in France
On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron made a televised address to the nation and announced new restrictive measures because of the coronavirus epidemic.
In particular, from August restaurants, bars, shopping malls, airplanes and long-haul trains will require a health pass indicating vaccination or a negative test for COVID-19.
As of July 21, it must be presented when visiting festivals, plays, and amusement parks. These measures apply to all people over the age of 12. However, for teenagers aged 12 to 17 years will be a postponement – they will be required to pass from August 30.
In addition, the country introduces compulsory vaccination for medics and workers in hospitals and nursing homes. According to Macron, from September 15, will begin to carry out inspections and punish for non-compliance with the measures. As later explained the head of the Ministry of Health Olivier Veran, from September 15, health workers who are not vaccinated will not be able to work and receive wages.
After Macron’s appeal, an appropriate bill is being prepared. It is expected that the document will be approved by the Council of Ministers on July 19, and then it will be submitted to Parliament.